THE OLD TESTAMENT

STORY
GETTING THE BIG PICTURE
This course…
- Shows the big picture of the OT
- Shows how God moves and works on
behalf of his people.
Most church people know the Old
Testament only through a few stories
they hear preached.
What are the most popular ones?
Most church people know the Old
Testament only through a few stories
they hear preached.
What are the most popular ones?
WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW +
TEACHING
Major Moves in the OT
20 Vital People
USING
3 Major DIFFERENT
Parts of the OT WAYS OF
The OTTELLING THE
story in 11 STORY
Books
50 Major Events
Bring it all Together
Major Moves in the OT
20 Vital People
3 Major Parts of the OT
The OT story in 11 Books
50 Major Events
Bring it all Together
Major Moves in the OT
Move #1: Eden to Ur
Move #2: Ur to Israel (the Promised
Land)
Move #3: Israel to Egypt
Move #4: Egypt to Israel (through
the Wilderness)
Move #5: Israel & Judah into Exile
Move #6: Exile to Israel
WHERE DOES IT ALL
TAKE PLACE?
Understanding the geography of the
Old Testament (OT) is really helpful to
understanding what is going on.
Places and people are always linked.
This first section gives an introduction
to the movements of the people and
the circumstances surrounding them. we
shall build much greater detail into this
later.
1. MAJOR MOVES IN
THE OT
The Fertile Crescent
Ur

The Fertile Crescent
Egypt

Ur

The Fertile Crescent
Israel—Promised Land
Egypt

Ur

The Fertile Crescent
Babylon
Eden? Babylon
R. Euphrates R. Tigris

Babylon
R. Jordan

Babylon
3. Haran 1. Eden

4. Israel 6. Babylon

2. Ur
5. Egypt
MOVE #1
EDEN TO UR
WHAT DO YOU THINK
AREMOVE #1
THE MAJOR
EDEN TO
EVENTS UR
IN THIS
PERIOD?
Eden

Ur

MOVE #1: EDEN TO UR
We are not sure where Eden was.
It was amazingly beautiful and provided
for Adam and Eve to live in.
After the Fall people gradually spread
out across the earth, a move due in
large part to the flood.
We next see Ur as our major location.
THE GARDEN OF EDEN
THE GARDEN OF EDEN
THE GARDEN OF EDEN
CAIN KILLS ABEL
THE FLOOD
THE FLOOD
THE FLOOD
THE FLOOD
MOVE #2
UR TO ISRAEL (THE
PROMISED LAND)
WHAT DO YOU THINK
MOVE #2
ARE THE MAJOR
UR TO ISRAEL (THE
EVENTS IN THIS
PROMISED LAND)
PERIOD?
Haran

Israel
Ur
Now the Lord said[a] to Abram, “Go from your
country[b] and your kindred and your father's
house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will
make of you a great nation, and I will bless you
and make your name great, so that you will be a
blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and
him who dishonours you I will curse, and in you
all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Note the promises:
Make you a great nation
Bless you
All nations (families) of the earth shall
be blessed through you
God appears to Abraham,
Gen 12:1-3,
God appears to Abraham,
Gen 12:1-3,
Read the story
of Abraham in
Genesis chapters
12-25